The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is set to deliver its final verdict on whether the beer tie is “delivering choice and value for consumers” next month. The consumer watchdog’s decision next month comes after a seven-month consultation with the industry. The OFT re-opened its beer tie inquiry in February, to avoid a legal battle, after CAMRA launched an appeal against its original decision not to act on the issue. Last year CAMRA submitted a super-complaint about the beer tie, arguing high rents and tied beer prices were damaging the industry. However, the OFT ruled last October there was “no evidence” the tie was having a detrimental effect on consumers.